Hannah Brown gushes about Demi Burnett after split from Kristian Haggerty: I'm proud of her for being honest
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/05/2019
Hannah Brown is so thankful Demi Burnett has her back while she competes on Dancing with the Stars, and now Hannah's apparently returning the favor in light of Demi's split from fiancee Kristian Haggerty.
"She's always there," Hannah, 25, told People of Demi, 24, who has been spotted in the Dancing with the Stars audience on multiple occasions and attended a Dancing with the Stars Top 6 Finalists party with Hannah and fellow former The Bachelor bachelorette Hannah Godwin on November 4.
"I've been so lucky to have so many friends and family support me each week. Our dynamic is perfect. I think we are the craziest mess of friends, but it works."
Hannah and Demi became friends when they both tried to win Colton Underwood's heart on The Bachelor's 23rd season.
After Hannah starred on The Bachelorette's fifteenth season, she paid Demi a visit on Bachelor in Paradise's sixth season just to make sure the spunky blonde was hanging in there considering she was stuck in a love triangle between Kristian and Derek Peth.
"We've both been through a lot -- I think it's just knowing that we're going to be there. Whether we agree or disagree, we are always going to have each other's back through anything," Hannah said.
Tayshia Adams and Demi Lovato have also been spotted in the audience for Hannah's Dancing with the Stars performance shows.
Hannah told the magazine it's been "so great to know" familiar faces have been in the crowd.
Hannah gushed about Demi only days after Demi and Kristian -- who got engaged during the finale of Bachelor in Paradise 6 -- announced they had decided to end their engagement and go their separate ways on October 31.
Both Demi and Kristian, The Bachelor franchise's first-ever same-sex couple, released the same statement on their respective Instagram accounts when they announced their breakup late last week.
"What has always been at the forefront of our relationship is love and care for one another," Demi captioned a sweet black-and-white photo of herself and Kristian, 27.
"Our priority is doing what is best for us. With a heavy heart full of love for one another we have decided it is best for us to take a step back from our relationship. We ultimately want what is best for us in the long run and for us right now, that means being apart and growing individually."
Demi continued, "We have felt so much love and support from you all as you've followed our journey together and for that we are grateful. We will forever be proud of the impact our love story has made and we hope it has helped others feel more accepted and confident within themselves."
"We hope it reminded others they aren't alone and don't need to be ashamed of who they are."
Demi concluded, "And we hope it shows that two people can love one another in different ways and for us right now that is apart. But we remain committed to encouraging each other, supporting each other and continuing forward in a way best for us."
In addition to sharing the same statement, Kristian wrote in her Instagram Stories at the time, "You will always have a piece of my heart," on a picture of Demi's marriage proposal on the beach in Mexico.
Demi replied, "Same," along with a red-heart emoji.
Fans had already been speculating for weeks Demi and Kristian's relationship was over because the girls last shared photos of each other on Instagram on September 19, which was two days after the Season 6 finale of Bachelor in Paradise aired on ABC.
Demi told Us Weekly on October 9, however, she and Kristian were just really busy and forced to spend time apart due to their hectic schedules.
She said her relationship was nobody's business but her own.